Saturday, December 03, 2016
Little and Littler Churn Dash Ornament Tutorial
Earlier this week, I was in the mood to piece itty-bitty quilt block ornaments. They go together quickly and use up small scraps of batting and I'm going to need prettier stuff to hang on the tree once we get around to setting it up.
The first Churn Dash ornament I made finished at 3 1/2". I knew I could go smaller, and the tinier one finishes at 2" square. At that size, any little innacuracy is glaring, but I don't mine my ornaments a bit wonky.
2" Churn Dash Instructions
Using the Easy Angle ruler, cut four light and four dark half square triangles from 1" strips. Cut one light and one dark 3/4" x 4" strip and one light 1" square (not shown.)
Sew the 3/4" strips lengthwise to form a 1" x 4" rectangle. Press and cut rectangle into four 1" squares.
Assemble the light and dark half square triangle units, press, and trim. Arrange the pieces into a churn dash block as shown. Assemble and press.
Layer backing, batting, and your pieced ornament, then use rotary cutter and ruler to trim them all to the same size. Edge stitch the layers together with a narrow zig-zag stitch and matching thread. I used narrow binding for the Dutchman's Puzzle Ornament tutorial, but it was clunky and has bugged me ever since.